Aretha Franklin and Willie Wilkerson: Engaged!

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Does this make Willie Wilkerson the King of Soul?

Call him what you want, he's engaged to Aretha Franklin!

The iconic singer, 69, is planning to marry her "forever friend" Wilkerson, her rep confirms, adding that they are discussing tying the knot on Miami Beach, with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht. Here's a photo of the soon-to-be newlyweds:

Willie Wilkerson, Aretha Franklin

On the celebrity fashion front, Aretha "is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown," says her rep.

Franklin, who lost 85 pounds last year after a health scare, said "I feel fabulous."

Adds the singer herself of the upcoming nuptials to Willie Wilkerson: "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!"

LOL, indeed. And congratulations!


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